There are endless reasons for which we can see Porto added in the bucket-list of the world’s traveler. Porto is just an amazing and breathtaking part of Portugal and is voted twice once in 2014 and once in 2017 as the best European destination.
It is home to striking structures, eye-pleasing scenery, world’s port wine industry, riverside street cafes, awe-inspiring coastline, wonderful view all-over, living history experience, bustling culture, and delectable gastronomy. That’s pretty an extensive list, right?
Porto is a port city located along the Douro River in northern Portugal. And, like most of Portugal a trip to Porto- you won’t regret a single time.
Here are 5 amazing things to do in your itinerary to Portugal gem Porto. Keep reading!
Liberdade Square also known as Freedom Square is the prominent square in the city. The square adjoins the old town and the modern part of Porto. The square is dotted with buildings dating back to the twentieth century such as the Town Hall. You can stroll around the square and even relish the amazing gastronomy with a plethora of cafes and restaurants located in the square.
The place is the best way to view the amazing Porto culture. And, we highly recommend adding this to your itinerary.
Location: the lower town area, Santo Ildefonso parish
How To Reach There: yes, there is a direct bus from the airport to Liberdade Square. The bus would be the cheapest mode to opt for.
Luis I Bridge
Another amazing thing to add in your itinerary is the stunning double-deck arch bridge situated on the River Douro. The bridge connects the city of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is known to be an icon of the city Porto and is visited by millions of travelers every year. The bridge reflects the beautiful views over the River Douro.
Height: 45 m
Location: Porto Metropolitan Area, Porto Ribeira
How To Reach There: Yes, the quickest and the cheapest way to reach here is to opt for the bus and that is available direct from the airport.
Torre dos Clerigos
The Clerigos Tower is the city’s most prominent landmark and scatters the stunning skyline of Porto. It is 75-meter-tall and is there in every world traveler’s list. Clerigos Tower is the epitome of the 18th-century architecture and you should for sure visit it. Even if you’re on your second visit you’ll feel re-visiting the place again. It’s beautiful!
Cais da Ribeira
Cais da Ribeira is the city’s majestic shore quarter and is packed with alluring streets, zigzag alleyways, arcades, and brightly painted houses. It is the city’s most laidback and socializing part and the vast range of restaurants and cafes make it a food lover’s destination. Apart, from a plethora of cafes and restaurants, you can spot iconic sites such as Praca da Ribeira- the riverfront square and most popular hangout spot of the area.
No one is to blame you if you never wish to leave the place!
The cathedral is crammed with a sweeping panorama of the cobblestone streets and River Douro. It is a 12th-century landmark and clearly personifies the excellence of Portuguese architecture. The cathedral has been given the appearance of a fortress and renders a medieval ambiance as soon as you step inside.
Besides, the outstanding design of the cathedral another amazing feature that really stands out the cathedral is the magnificent silver retable. The cathedral is worth exploring and will make you feel as if you have stepped back in the past.
So, these were the top 5 things you should surely do in your itinerary to Porto.